Many people dream of visiting Kasol because that small village on the Parvati Valley’s banks appears to speak to hippy spirits like no other spot in Himachal Pradesh.
Before my first visit to Kasol, I had no idea how lovely and serene the place would be. Over there, there was a new atmosphere that I could feel in my veins. However, the true essence of Kasol, according to the older generation, has disappeared. However, there are many things to see, particularly the magical sound and color of nature.
Kasol is a doorway to Kheerganga, Tosh, Chalal, Malana, and Kalga, as well as a source of numerous heart-stopping scenes. Kasol is well known for its cafes and delectable cuisine. The best thing about Kasol is that it can be visited at any time of year, and each season offers a unique perspective. In this blog, you will get to know everything there is to know about Kasol and the surrounding areas.
People use a variety of methods and routes to get to Kasol. There is no set agenda for Kasol, so I’ll tell you about a few options in this blog so you can choose what works best for you.
Trip to Kasol
For a traveler like me, Kasol is one of Himachal Pradesh’s best off-the-beaten-path destinations.
Before the widespread use of social media, Kasol was one of India’s most exclusive destinations, particularly in Himachal Pradesh, where only a small number of people visited – mostly foreigners from Europeans, Israelis, and Russians. Previously, only those Indians who believed in exploring unusual places and who enjoyed adventure were known about this location. Those people tell the world how beautiful Kasol is – they talk about the magnificent scenery, the amazing weather, the hypnotic vista, and the Malana cream.
However, Kasol today attracts a large number of tourists daily, which may explain why the older generation believes Kasol’s true essence has been lost. Everything in this world has benefits and drawbacks; tourism can aid in the growth of a location, but too much pollution and population can wreak havoc on that location. Now, Kasol is extremely famous among hikers for chilling, hiking, and trekking.
The weather of Kasol
People traveling from Delhi or the surrounding areas find the temperature in Kasol to be consistently chilly. However, the severity of the cold varies depending on the month of the year.
|Month||Min. Temperature||Avg. Temperature||Max. Temperature|
|Jan to March||-11.8 °C to -7.3 °C||-5.4 oC to -0.2 °C||0.9 °C to 5.8 °C|
|April to June||-3.4 oC to 5.1 °C||Low Rainy Season||10.1 °C to 16.9 °C|
|July to Sept||10.2 oC to 5.4 °C||High Rainy Season||17.2 oC to 15.4 °C|
|Oct to December||-1.6 oC to -9.1 °C||5.5 oC to -2.8 °C||12.1 oC to 4.4 °C|
Best time to visit Kasol
As you can see, the weather in Delhi and Kasol is very different, thus I recommend bringing your woolen clothes with you every time you go to Kasol and layering up according to the climate.
Nobody visits a beautiful location solely to stay in their accommodation, so try to avoid going there during the monsoon. The temperature drops after the monsoon, but you’ll be treated to the most iconic view of Kasol as well as a refreshing atmosphere. If you wish to see snow in Kasol, go between November to February; however, you will need to bring numerous layers of woolen clothing.
According to my opinion, the best time to visit Kasol is from October to April. In the Kasol, you may view both the greenish and white landscapes.
Cultural and the People of Kasol
Because of the large number of Israeli visitors who visit Kasol, it has earned the nickname “India’s Mini-Israel.” Because “Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib,” which is well known for its hot water springs, lies farther ahead of Kasol, the population of “Sikh” is also found in significant numbers there.
Kasol is also known for its party culture, with some claiming that Kasol has the best New Year’s Eve party. Throughout the year, the village hosts several music festivals. The Parvati Peaking Festival, Magica, Full Moon Party, Rudraksha Festival, and Kasol Music Festival are some of the most popular rave parties in Kasol.
The local people, on the other hand, are helpful, pleasant, and cooperative. They will always do their utmost to find a solution to whatever difficulty you may have. They always make you feel like you’re in your own house.
How to Reach Kasol
Kasol is located in Himachal Pradesh’s Kullu District, in the Parvati Valley, on the banks of the Parvati River. Kasol is located 510 kilometers from Delhi and 30 kilometers from Bhuntar.
Kasol by Bus from Delhi
If you’re planning to go to Kasol by bus from Delhi then you can take either this HRTC bus or a Private Volvo. HRTC drops you at Bhuntar and from there you have to take a taxi to Kasol, from ISBT Kashmiri Gate the first bus of HRTC leaves at 2:00 pm, and the last leaves at 10:00 pm and it cost you around 780-1500 Rupees per head.
Volvo cost a little expensive than HRTC but it leaves you in Kasol, the first bus leaves around 5:00 pm, and the last bus leaves around 10:00 pm. It cost you around 780 – 1550 Rupees per head and you can board your bus from Majnu Ka Tila.
From Kasol to Delhi by Bus – If you’re planning to come back by HRTC bus then first you have to take a taxi from Kasol to Kullu or Manali. The first bus leaves from Kullu at around 4:00 am and the last bus leaves from Manali at 10:45 pm, the ticket costs you around 800 to 1550 rupees per head.
Again when it comes to Volvo, the price is a little higher but you can take a bus directly from Kasol. The bus first leaves at 6:30 pm and the last bus leaves at 8:30 pm and the price of the ticket cost you around 1000 to 1700 rupees per head.
Note – All of the above information, including times and prices, was obtained from HRTC’s and Paytm’s official websites. However, before arranging your trip, I recommend that you double-check the timetables and price because they may have been altered by their owners.
Kasol by Train from Delhi
The nearest railway station to Kasol is Joginder Nagar station, which is 144 kilometers distant and takes approximately 5 hours to travel by road. From the station, you can take a cab or taxi. The majority of people, however, travel the train to Chandigarh and either rent a bike or take the bus to Kasol from there. If you’re thinking about renting a bike, the roads and scenery are both excellent.
Kasol by Air from Delhi
If you’re flying to Kasol, Kullu Airport is the closest airport. You can either take a taxi to Bhuntar and then to Kasol from Kullu Airport, or you can take a cab directly to Kasol.
Kasol by personal car/bike from
The distance between Delhi and Kasol is 510 kilometers, and driving continuously takes 13 hours. If you’re traveling by car, leave at 4 a.m. so you can arrive between 6-7 p.m. The road is in fair shape; the only bad road is near the AUT tunnel.
If you travel by bike and have previous experience, you can arrive in Kasol by 6-7 pm if you leave at 4 a.m. However, if you’re new to driving, don’t drive for too long because it can harm your back, hands, and legs. In that scenario, you can travel to Chandigarh or Bilaspur on the first day.
Nearby Places to Kasol
The nicest thing about Himachal is that whenever you visit one of its places, you’ll get some additional spots to see as a bonus. Similarly, there are some fantastic locations to see in Kasol that you should add to your itinerary for your future visit.
Tosh Village, 2400 meters above sea level, is known for its hippy culture. Tosh Village is only 20 kilometers from Kasol and 50 kilometers from Bhuntar. Tosh is one of Parvati Valley’s most picturesque settlements. Tourism is the biggest source of income in Parvati Valley, and apple orchards are the second-largest source of income. I recommend that you add Tosh to your Kasol to-do list. [All other related information to Tosh you can be read here]
Trek to Kheerganga
Kheerganga is well-known for its hot springs, Lord Shiva temple, and stunning vistas at the elevation of 13000 feet. The Kheerganga Trek attracts the majority of visitors to Kasol. The walk is around 12-14 kilometers long and takes 4-6 hours to complete, depending on the individual’s health and strength. [All other related information to Kheerganga you can be read here]
Chalal is a small, lovely village in the Parvati Valley, on the other side of the Parvati River. You have to trek from Kasol to Chalal because there is no motorable route. In Kasol, there is a bridge called Chalal Bridge that you must cross to get to Chalal. It takes an average individual 30-40 minutes to reach Chalal, depending on their strength and how many breaks they take.
The Parvati River is the nicest portion of this walk and it crosses through the jungle and village. There are numerous places along this trail where you may relax and take in the scenery. Several eateries are available for refreshments during the hike.
Before 2015, this location was only known among foreigners as a peaceful location with a rave party. Suddenly, a huge number of Indian youths begin to visit there, and the location becomes increasingly commercialized. However, because walking is the only way to get there, this remains one of the off-the-beaten-path destinations near Kasol.
There are several homestays and cafes there, so food and lodging are not an issue. If you’re considering staying there instead of Kasol, you should do so.
Gurudwara Sahib Manikaran
Both Sikhs and Hindus come to pray at Gurudwara Shri Manikaran Sahib. On the banks of the Parvati River, it is one of the most important Sikh pilgrimage places. Sikhs believe the Manikaran Sahib is Guru Nanak Dev Ji’s exact meditative point. The Gurudwara is so sacred that pilgrims believe there is no need to visit any other spiritual sites in India after seeing this hallowed site.
While Hindu believes that after the deluge, Manu resurrected human life in Manikaran, making it a heavenly location. There are numerous temples as well as a gurdwara. Many temples dedicated to Hindu gods like Lord Rama, Lord Krishna, and Lord Vishnu are there.
The Gurdwara is noted for its hot water springs and beautiful scenery, and it is open seven days a week from 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. and then from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Malana Village is well-known for its malana cream, but it is much more than that. It is one of India’s most mysterious villages, as well as the world’s oldest democracy. Malana Villagers consider themselves to be “Alexander the Great’s” generation, and they still follow their culture and traditions as their forefathers did years ago.
To get to Malana, first, drive 20 kilometers on the Bhuntar-Manikaran Highway, then take a diversion and drive another 14 kilometers. From Kasol, Malana is 19 km. A journey to Malana Village is also beautiful as the Malana Village. Malana is a hidden village, and you don’t even catch a glimpse of it until you approach its base point. You have to park your vehicle at the base point and from there you have to trek for 2 km.
Malana, which is located at an elevation of 9,938 feet, has its own set of rules and regulations established by Jamlu Rishi. Every villager is required to observe the rules and regulations, and some rules are for tourists as well. Kanashi is Malana’s native tongue, which only Malana villagers understand, not even those from adjacent villages.
Strict Rules for Tourists in Malana:
- No outsider is allowed to stay in Malana, go there in the morning and return by noon.
- Videography is not allowed there, only you can photographs things.
- In Malana, don’t touch anything or anyone.
- Don’t touch any of the animals or plants there; if any of them is wounded, you’ll be in a lot of trouble.
- To communicate with the villagers it’s mandatory to learn Kanashi for tourists.
- If you break any of the laws there, no one will come to your rescue because even the police are not authorized to enter the village.
Kalga village is located halfway between Kheerganga and Barshaini; to get there, you must first travel to Barshaini and then climb for 20 minutes. Kalga is a great place to go if you want to do something different in Kasol. There’s something beautiful about Kalga that the Internet can’t describe, you’ll be amazed by the views it has to offer. This destination is no less than a utopian reality, with gorgeous treks, enthralling valley views directly from your window, a multitude of attractive cafes, mystical sunsets, welcoming visitors, and a lot of open-minded travelers.
The best part of Kalga is the facility that it provides to the travelers:
- Stay – All of the homestays/hotels there are nearly identical and offer perplexing views.
- Jio also work there
- There are many cafes which you can try there for different types of food, soulkitcheh is my favorite there because of the views and the valuable food it provides.
- There you can get a room in just 500 for two and 300 for single occupancy.
Itinerary for Kasol
There are numerous locations to visit and activities to partake in Kasol or the surrounding area. If you want to cover all of them, you’ll need at least 7 days for Kasol. However, if you just have a limited amount of time, you can choose your activities and destinations.
If you wish to visit Kasol over the weekend, board a bus from Delhi on Friday night and arrive by 8-10 am the next day.
On Saturday – After checking into your hotel/homestay and enjoying brunch, take a cab to Manikaran. Bathing in the hot springs and relaxing in the Gurudwara will re-energize you.
You can then travel to Tosh from there. Tosh is a quiet, calm village approximately 20 kilometers from Kasol, yet it takes an hour to get there. The cafes and beauty of Tosh are fantastic, and because this is a weekend vacation, return to Kasol at night. If you have an extra day then must stay in Tosh.
On Sunday – Get up and trek to Chalal Village, then return after your brunch.
Then from there go to Malana, Malana is 20 kilometers from Kasol and takes about an hour to get there. If you’re going to Malana, leave Chalal anyhow by 12-1 pm so you can spend some time at Malana.
Remember that Malana is 20 km away from Kasol 35 km from Bhuntar, which takes an hour to Kasol and almost One and a half hours to Bhuntar so leave from Malana according to your bus timing.
For 3-4 days
The more days you add to your plan, the more time you have to explore areas without feeling rushed.
Day 1 – Reach Kasol by 10 in the morning via bus from Delhi, explore Kasol and Chalal that day. If you want some offbeat experience then you can stay in Chalal.
Day 2 – Start moving towards Tosh after breakfast and leave to Kalga Village from thereafter Lunch, stay in Kalga that day.
Day 3 – After having your breakfast in Kalga start your trek to Kheerganga and don’t forget to reach there by 5 pm so you can enjoy the hot water spring there. Stay in Kheergana that day.
Day 4 – Don’t do anything in rush, just peacefully enjoy nature and get down from the Kheerganga till noon. From there go to Manikaran and from there leave to your bus pickup point.
For 7 days
7 days is enough time to visit Kasol and the surrounding areas, but if you wish to stay longer to appreciate the peace, trust me, you’re making the correct choice.
Day 1 – On the first day reach Tosh directly and stay there and give your body relaxation after a long journey.
Day 2 – Trek to Kheerganga and stay there
Day 3 – Take the Kalga village route to come back from Kheerganga and stay that day in Kalga Village.
Day 4 – Move to Kasol and explore Kasol and on that day you can visit Manikaran also. Stay in Kasol.
Day 5 – Start your day early in the morning by trekking to Chalal, where you can have breakfast before continuing to Rasol, which takes about 3-4 hours. Otherwise, you can stay in Chalal if you don’t wish to hike to Rasol, but if you do, return from there till dusk. Stay in Chalal.
Day 6 – Don’t over-push your body; instead, allow it to unwind and take in the beauty of nature. You can stay that day in Chalal or Kasol.
Day 7 – Take a cab to Malana Village and return there according to your bus timings.
Delhi to Kasol via Chandigarh & Shimla
This schedule is designed for individuals who are self-driving themselves to Kasol. People who are traveling by another means of transportation can do so, but they will have to change vehicles frequently along the itinerary. I went to the Kasol on a bike and this itinerary is my personal experience.
Day 1 – Chandigarh is 275 kilometers from Delhi and may be reached after a 5-6 hour drive. Begin your journey early in the morning so you can spend as much time as possible exploring Chandigarh. Stay in Chandigarh that day.
Day 2 – Chandigarh is 110 km away from Delhi and can be reached after continuous 3-4 hours of driving. Start your journey early in the morning so you’ll have a lot of time to explore Shimla. In comparison to Chandigarh, you’ll take a lot of time to explore Shimla. Stay in Shimla (Also read about Shimla here).
Day 3 – Tosh is 240 kilometers from Shimla but takes almost 9-11 hours to cover. Try to reach there before sunset because the road condition is very bad after Kasol and little bad before Aut Tunnel. Stay in Tosh.
Day 4 – After breakfast, depart by 11 a.m. towards Barshaini, where you must leave your vehicle. From there trek to Kheerganga and stay there.
Day 5 – From Kheerganga, descend and move towards home. I would advise you to stay that day in Ambala because pushing your body so hard after trekking is not a good idea.
Day 6 – Back to home
Cafes and Food in Kasol
There are a variety of foods to try in Kasol, but Bureka, Thukpa, Shakshuka, and lemon cake are particularly popular. Every restaurant in Kasol serves Nutella Hot Milk, as well as Israeli food.
The German Bakery, The Evergreen and Turquoise Kasol, Jim Morrison Cafe, Moon Dance Cafe, Alpine café, and Soulkitchen are just a handful of Kasol’s popular cafes.
Don’t forget to try Shambhu’s Momo corner for delicious Momos which is situated opposite to German Bakery.
Things to avoid and carry in Kasol
- Always carry enough cash because there is only one ATM in kasol.
- Say no to plastic by carrying your water bottle and refilling it from nearby water sources.
- Respect the traditions of Kasol and other nearby places.
- During the hike, be cautious of your steps and avoid taking pictures by walking along the edges.
- Many people will offer you drugs there; do not accept them, especially if you are a novice.
- Carry an extra bag for your wet clothes.
- Always carry rain and bag cover.
- Avoid causing harm to the environment. Carry your trash around with you.
- Some people believe that Indians are not permitted in the Free Kasol Cafe, although this is not the case. Indians are welcome, but please remember to respect the cafe’s rules.
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